Discuss why the Spanish-American War has been called the “splendid little war,” the reasons offered as to why the U.S. decided to engage in this war, and if you agree or disagree with these reasons.

WRITING ASSIGNMENT 2B: “The Splendid Little War”
In 1854 the UnitedStates issued the Ostend Manifesto, declaring that Cuba was “naturally” apart of the United States, and urged Spain to accept an offer of $120million for the island. A threat was also issued that if Spain refused,the United States would “wrest” the island by force. While the threatwas not carried out at that point in the nation’s history, Cuba willeventually fall within the American sphere of influence.
In order to prepare you must complete the following readings:
Review and identify the sections of Chapter 21 that address the topics that are relevant to this essay.Read the linked articles and use at least one of them for your essay to support your discussion:
New York Herald Tribune on the War and yellow pressDe Lôme Letter transcriptPlatt Amendment 1903 transcriptIdentify and incorporate at least one additional outside sourceto support your discussion. In addition to the textbook, you may useany material outside of the textbook that is recommended in theAdditional Reading section at the end of each chapter. You are alsoencouraged to do your own research and identify relevant sources. Pleasekeep in mind that WIKIPEDIA is not an acceptable reference.
Write a well-organized essay, a minimum of 700 words(but not limited to), including supporting details from thedocuments/textbook/other sources in which you analyze and discuss thematerial that has been assigned by addressing the following question:
In 1898 the U.S.declared war on Spain. Discuss why the Spanish-American War has beencalled the “splendid little war,” the reasons offered as to why the U.S.decided to engage in this war, and if you agree or disagree with thesereasons. We also fought the Philippine-American War during this period.Discuss possible reasons why this war has been largely ignored.
Use Microsoft WORD to write the essays. The acceptable submission file types are .doc, .docx, and .rtf.Prepare the assignment as a Word Document, double-spaced, and using a standard font of 12 points.Paragraphs in anessay are not numbered. Any questions that are associated with anassigned reading are there to serve as a guide for your discussion.Your discussion should incorporate all of the information from the documents and or textbook, and outside sources as one essay.Students are required to research and incorporate into their discussions additional sources that relate to the content. Recommendations can be found at the end of the textbook chapter in Additional Reading.All statements must be supported and all sources must be identified and cited, and included in your reference list. This also applies to the textbook. Failure to do so constitutes Plagiarism,and the college has strict policies and penalties for failure tocomply. Under the Resources, you will find links to sites that reviewhow to format a paper or essay. I recommend that students use APA or Chicago Style to format their essay. Students should ask their instructor which format style they prefer you to use.Proofread your work.Make sure that you have looked for all of the spelling and grammaticalerrors and corrected them, and that you have organized your work intocoherent paragraphs.